Thursday, February 5, 2009

A Mini Interview with Moi

I asked Sharonanne to send me some questions because I thought it would make a nice companion to the last meme I did a couple hours ago.

1. If you could travel in time to the future or the past where would you go and why?
I would go back to my high school years, when my mother was still alive and my grandmother still had her mind and I would just ask them tons of questions and really, really listen. I would let them teach me how to crochet and cook and garden.

2. What do you like the most and least about living in Germany?
I like being able to walk or take public transport to most places I go. I like being in central Europe where I can just get on a plane or train and arrive somewhere exotic in just a few hours time. I like seeing how the ancient and the modern juxtapose. I enjoy being able to partake of all the different kinds of fresh bread and cheese.

I do not like the poor customer service. Yesterday we went to a lamp store to get a lamp fixed that we bought in November. I mentioned that of the two light bulbs we bought, one did not work. Instead of apologizing that his store sold me faulty merchandise, the employee implied that I was lying and stated that I couldn’t prove it. He’s lost my business forever – and all for a light bulb that sells for 1 Euro retail. And sadly, incidents such as this are all too common.

3. How did you get involved in doing a podcast segment?
I left a comment on Adele’s blog about the time she was organizing The Read Carpet and she e-mailed and asked if I wanted to get involved. I told her I would love to as long as she didn’t mind that my voice is somewhat nasally!

4. If you could clone any author after they die who would you clone and why?
You mean so he or she could keep on writing? My first instinct is to say Lemony Snicket because maybe he would hang out with me out of gratefulness. That would be entertaining.

5. How do you choose the next book that you'll read?
I keep a review calendar which lists the books that must be read/reviewed in a given month. If I happen to have more time to read, then I can choose one from my less urgent pile. These will usually be books that have been released months ago and that I’ve seen great reviews for and think “I have to read that!”. There are several late spring/summer ARCs that I really, really want to read, but I’m waiting until closer to their release date. I am surprised I have so much willpower!

Anything else anyone wants to know? Ask in the comments or send me an e-mail. I'll compile any questions and answer them sometime (soon). Also let me know if you want me to ask you 5 questions, because I guess this is how it works!


Alea said...

Oh man, that's horrible customer service. I'm sensitive and i'd probably be leaving a lot of stores with my feelings hurt!

Though I'm very jealous of where you live, you're in the middle of all places awesome!

Anonymous said...

We lived in France for 2 years and I loved the public transportation and trains there.

Shalonda said...

You seem so organized. A review calendar! I love it!

Mrs. Magoo said...

Oh, I'd love to be interviewed! Thanks! :)

Staci said...

Your #1 was wonderful. I would do the same thing with my grandparents. I thought I was listening then but now that they're gone I realized that I have so much more to learn from them. I loved your mini interview!!

Ladytink_534 said...

If I could go back in time I would go back to the 1960's to experience what it was like and to meet family members and maybe Walt Disney but if I could go back in my time I would probably go back to around 10-12 years old for many reasons including the same as yours.

Nancy said...

Thank you, for this mini interview. I liked the concept and it is a really nice way of getting to know your blogger better :)

Beth Kephart said...

This is a charming mini interview. I'd like to know if there is any review of a book that you would retract if you could—a book that got much better or much worse with distance.

Ali said...

Aw. I'd love to have another good conversation with my Grandma, too.

Serena said...

I think I should be living in Europe...I love public transit...I would rather do that than ever drive anywhere. LOL

You are, I have no rhyme or reason...though I try to stay on track with ARCs

MySharonAnne said...

I went to Zurich a few years ago and they have horrible costumer service as well. They were just so rude!

Joanne ♦ The Book Zombie said...

I enjoy being able to partake of all the different kinds of fresh bread and cheese.

That is such a great answer! I love Montreal for their wonderful breads, every type you could imagine fresh each morning :)